Selma Gokcen – Course Director / Faculty
Selma Gokcen’s interest in the Alexander Technique is prompted by a lifelong fascination with the roots of habits and the difficulties of modifying them. Eventually her reading brought her to the Alexander Technique, a discipline described by its founder as “learning to do consciously what nature intended”.
She was trained in London at the Centre for the Alexander Technique and qualified as a teacher by the Society for Teachers of the Alexander Technique in 1998. Since 1995 until the present time, she has also worked with Ted McNamara, a close disciple of Patrick Macdonald, and assisted with the new edition of The Alexander Technique as I See It by Patrick Macdonald, recently published.
In September 2000 she was appointed to the senior Alexander Technique faculty of the Guildhall School of Music in London, where she is also on the cello faculty of the Junior Guildhall. She works with string, wind and brass players, singers and composers, and also incorporates her Alexander Technique teaching as part of her cello studio.
Selma presents workshops in the Alexander Technique to instrumentalists and singers of all ages and stages of development, from beginners to professionals. She has shared her work with musicians and teachers in Israel, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Before her second career as an Alexander Technique teacher, Selma gave recitals throughout the United States and Europe and toured in South America for the U.S. State Department. Her appearances have taken her to the People’s Republic of China, where she was invited to give recitals and master classes at conservatoires in Shanghai, the Sichuan Province, and in Beijing. She also appeared at the Southbank Centre in London and the Kennedy Center, Washington DC in her commemorative programme about Pablo Casals.
Selma holds a First Prize from the Geneva Conservatoire, where she was a pupil of Guy Fallot and Pierre Fournier, and was also awarded a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Leonard Rose. She has also worked with Mstislav Rostropovich and William Pleeth. Her CD recording, Songs and Dances, appears under the Gallo VDE label.
Doctor of Musical Arts, M. Mus, B. Mus. The Juilliard School
Prix de Virtuosité, Geneva Conservatoire, Switzerland
Judith Kleinman – Faculty
Judith Kleinman trained as a classical musician and teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she first started having Alexander lessons with Elisabeth Waterhouse. As a Double Bass player she was a member of the orchestra of the English National Opera the City of London Sinfonia and The London Classical Players and has free-lanced on modern and period instruments.
Judith qualified as an Alexander teacher thirty years ago, having trained with Patrick MacDonald and Shoshanna Kaminitz. For the last twenty-five years, she has been one of the Alexander team at the RCM and also teaches at the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior and Primary Department. Judith is also Assistant Head of Training at the London Centre for Alexander Technique and Training. Judith has taught on many summer courses including the NYO and NYCGB.
Judith regularly gives Alexander workshops and talks in Britain and Europe particularly on how to introduce the work to Musicians and has recently taught in Malta, Estonia and Paris. Judith also collaborates with Sue Merry on the Developing Self project, training Alexander teachers to work in schools and co ordinates the STAT Alexander in Education project.
Judith regularly writes about the work and gave the 2014 Alexander memorial lecture. She collaborated with Peter Buckoke to write the popular RCM book, “The Alexander Technique for Musicians”, published by Bloomsbury. The book is soon to be translated into Chinese and Japanese. Judith has also had films made about the Alexander Technique in Education and the Performing Arts.
Judith has a particular interest in empowering young people in their lives through Alexander’s ideas and intelligent movement. Judith has begun ‘Movement for Musicians’ classes at the RCM, teaching Yoga and Tai Chi – The RCM is the one of the few colleges in the world that offers movement classes especially designed for musicians.
Judith Kleinman AGSM. MSTAT
Teacher of Alexander, Yoga and Tai Chi
RCM. JRAM. LCATT
Peter Buckoke – Course Administrator
Peter Buckoke qualified, as an Alexander teacher, from Eleanor and Peter Ribeaux’s training school in 1989. He took lessons from Patrick Macdonald, Walter Carrington, Marjory Barstow and Bill Williams in the years after his training. He runs the Alexander department at the Royal College of Music in London where he is also professor of Double Bass. He has written and delivers the five Alexander elements that are included in the BMus and Masters degrees at the RCM.
In October 2017, Peter visited the Zurich and Basle Conservatories to give Alexander classes to their degree students. In December 2017 he visited The China Conservatory in Beijing and the Shanghai Conservatory to introduce the students and Professorial staff to the Alexander technique.
His recent playing career has been in the small chamber music scene, most notably with The Schubert Ensemble, The Nash Ensemble and the London Handel Players.
Peter and Judith wrote ‘The Alexander Technique for Musicians’ for Bloomsbury. It was released in Europe in November 2013 and within weeks it was into its second print run.